Conservation Grant Applications

The Desert Fishes Council (DFC) Conservation Grants Program has been established to support projects that contribute to preserving the biological integrity of aquatic ecosystems and their associated life forms in arid regions, in accordance with the mission of the Council. Projects can include direct conservation activities, research, outreach, or equipment needed for these activities. Grant funds are dependent on annual interest available from the DFC Conservation Account, distribution of General Funds and donations. Multiple grants may be awarded annually in amounts of up to $1,000. Larger grants may be considered under special circumstances. Grants may be awarded individually only to DFC members in good standing.

Recipients are expected to present a paper at an annual DFC symposium on the project in which the funds are used. DFC support should be recognized in publications and presentations. Proposals should be submitted by January 31 and decisions will be made by March 31. Proposals may be submitted after this period, however awards will depend on availability of funds.

Applicants will submit the completed Conservation Grant Application electronically to the President or Executive Secretary as a word-processing or pdf document. All information requested on the form must be provided for consideration. Selection criteria will include: applicability to the DFC mission, benefit to subject species, status of subject species, potential for long-term beneficial impacts, probability of success, applicant credentials, availability of alternative funding sources, and significance of the funding to applicant/project. Selection of projects will be by an ad hoc committee comprised of the Member-at-Large and two additional active DFC members. Members of the current selection committee and their dependents/students are not eligible for grants.

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